Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
If you watch the best defenders, they don’t give away space easily. Space is an attacker’s friend but it’s a defender’s enemy. This small-sided soccer defence game is a good one to work on with your defenders, but all players should be able to close down space when an opponent is receiving the ball.
Timing and anticipating by the defending team is everything. This will stop the need for a sliding, or last-ditch, tackle which can mean giving away dangerous free-kicks.
The defender needs to be able to see the ball and any possible movement by the opponent, then make the challenge when the opportunity presents itself.
What defenders must do in this small-sided soccer game
How to play this game
Tell the four attackers to pass the ball about inside the square and the two defenders to try and either win the ball or simply clear it out of the square.
Key soccer coaching tips
Tell your defenders to work together, so that as the first attacker passes the ball, one of the defenders follows the ball and quickly closes the receiver down, and the second defender moves to anticipate the next pass. This is a tiring training exercise for the defenders so change them often.
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